The Visual Key to Maya
One look and you'll see that this Maya book is different from all the others. It presents the core Maya features visually, using pages packed with striking graphics and loaded with concise explanations of the Maya interface. This expanded edition includes more tutorials; updated material on modeling, animation, rendering and dynamics; and new coverage of Toon Shaders, along with other exciting Maya tools. Engaging step-by-step lessons provide hands-on reinforcement as you learn. Start your adventures in Maya with this full-color, visual guide—the perfect introduction to Maya 8.
Use Paint Effects to create images from scratch or add painterly qualities to existing images.
Learn how Maya's MEL scripts can help with tasks, such as connecting a curve's CVs to joints to pre-visualize a skeleton.
The enclosed CD includes the Maya Personal Learning Edition and all the files you need to complete the tutorials.